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Counter surfing is a very rewarding behavior. Each time your dog successfully steals food or other items, he is getting a special reward. You must never feed your dog from the counter or table if you hope to stop this behavior.
Preventing or not allowing your dog the opportunity to steal or gain access to the counter is one way to manage the problem. You can accomplish this by putting up baby gates to limit access to those areas. You may choose to teach your dog boundaries which takes away the need for baby gates. By never leaving food or other tempting items within your dogs reach, especially when your dog is unattended in the presence of these items is another way to manage your dog’s environment.
Since counter surfing is such a rewarding activity, you need to remember that consistency is crucial.
Please contact Positive Rewards to schedule an appointment to help you get control of your dog's stealing habit.